Newberry caldera hosts two gorgeous lakes in its bosom: Paulina Lake (named after Native American Chief Paulina) and East Lake. Both of these lakes offer great swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Summer is hot, full of mosquitos and busy with visitors making it hard to find a campsite, so try to time your visit after Labor day to catch some great fall weather with fewer bugs and people.
One of the most interesting attractions of this location is the giant obsidian flow. Obsidian is glasslike lava that is very attractive and shiny in appearance. The Native Americans used obsidian to make stone tools such as arrowheads, spear points, gravers, scrapers and knives. Currently there are a number of people "knapping" reproductions of these amazing stone tools. The area around the obsidian flow and lakes was used by Native Americans and archeological digs have been made at various locations.
The Newberry caldera also offers great hiking, camping and mountain biking, and in winter snowmobiling, skiing and snow shoeing. There is a bike trail following the rim of the caldera all the way around as well as the trail that follows Paulina Creek from the lake. The Paulina Creek trail is a nice downhill route that passes several waterfalls and nice feature for cooling off on a hot day.
Newberry is often referred to as Oregon's other Crater lake as it was formed in the same way by a massive volcanic explosion and has nice deep lakes of a similar nature. One thing Paulina lake has that Crater Lake does not is hot springs. On the north shore is sandy beach with hot water bubbling up, dig a hole and you have a shallow but nice hot spring with the lake waters right by it to cool off in. These springs can be reached by hiking or boat.
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